Prior consistent statements

Admission of prior consistent statements as hearsay exception in criminal sexual conduct trial

Defendant challenged his criminal sexual conduct convictions, arguing that the trial court erred by admitting, as prior consistent statements, the child victims’ interviews with social workers; and that the prosecutor committed misconduct in closing argument.  Noting that the differences between the statements were not substantial and did not affect the elements of the offense, the Minnesota Court of Appeals concluded that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in admitting the interviews as prior consistent statements.  Affirmed.

State v. Danquah, A18-1581, Hennepin County.

Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.

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